When looking through old books, it is a good idea to pay attention and know something of cartography. In the case of Daniel Crouch, a book dealer in England, he was both attentive and knowledgeable when he found a handful of rare maps of Texas drawn by scientist Jean Louis Berlandier in the early 18 ... More >>
Somewhere in Kansas there are boxes of stuff that used to be the trauma room President John F. Kennedy was brought to after that infamous drive through downtown Dallas. And the public isn't allowed to see what those boxes hold. The shots rang out in Dealey Plaza and President John F. Kennedy crump ... More >>
"Jazz is a language," Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Bill Evans said to a small crowd gathered inside the University of Houston's Moores School of Music Opera House green room Tuesday evening. He and Noe Marmolejo, the band director, were prefacing a night of music performed by the UH Jazz En ... More >>
What should we make of radiant Lincoln and blubbering Private Ryan?
Marilyn Manson House of Blues May 13, 2012 See more Mother's Day Marilyn Manson photos in our slideshow. "It's Mothers Day. Anybody here have my child, or is my child?" howled Marilyn Manson from the stage at the House of Blues Sunday, just as he and the band ended "Disposable Teens" in a flurry o ... More >>
Coreano's food truck's overwhelmingly tasty offerings made their first Bayou City appearance on Saturday, March 3. The restaurant on wheels, which offers an exciting hybrid of Korean and Mexican ingredients and cooking styles, was recently named the No. 1 food truck in Texas and No. 8 in the nation ... More >>
Six historical paintings at Houston's federal courthouse have raised some hackles with two federal judges, who believe the paintings dredge up offensive imagery of slavery. The paintings, depicting the Houston Ship Channel in the late 1870s, were completed between 1938 and 1941, and were displayed ... More >>
Ah, yes, that mysterious block of meat housed in the blue and yellow can. In 2007, the seven billionth can of Spam was sold. On average, 3.8 cans are eaten every second in the U.S. alone. Since its inception in 1937, Spam has become part of American pop culture--it has acted in films, been acquir ... More >>
"Visionary" artists share their universe at The Menil Collection.
One of our favorite albums of the year is Fred Eaglesmith's 6 Volts. Like the Le Noise project from Neil Young and producer Daniel Lanois, 6 Volts is decidedly lo-fi. The main technical challenge for Eaglesmith and producer Scott Merritt, who goes back to with Eaglesmith virtually to his reco ... More >>
Man or Astro-Man? discuss their time on Earth.
Human beings: acting like jerks since we killed off the pupfish.Yesterday, we touched briefly on the plight of the idiot fish, a small red fish with giant, round marbles for eyes. It's delicious, despite its odd appearance. And it's also endangered. Yet it's still sold and served across the w ... More >>
The CAMH presents the first major museum survey of Stan VanDerBeek's pioneering works.
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If you have hair, Craig's Hlist hates you. Not in a "you shot my whole family" or "you are the serial killer who dissolved my sibling in a vat of acid" way, more in a "you got the last sausage and cheese kolaches at the office" way. Our hair loss began sometime in high school, when we were ... More >>
In praise of the Julia half of Julie & Julia.
Looking ahead to the Houston International Festival - never mind the SXSW bollocks - I was pleasantly surprised to see that Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys will be playing on the Texas Stage at 6 p.m. on April 18. Not long ago in these cyberpages, we examined the gloom and doom that surrounds the ... More >>
Bluesman Robert Johnson's shadow stretches long and large
A great American folklorist has spent a life squirreling away bits and pieces of Texas culture. Now time is running out on him and his inventory.
A new compilation of old answering machine tapes reveals unguarded analog moments
Heads you lose, tails you lose
Jackie Harris made the art car that started it all
The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"
Nice bands like Flickerstick finish first on reality TV but flop in the real real world
Latin American films of all colors come to Houston
A five-part journey into Houston's fusion scene starts with some noodles
Paul Matthews puts his collection of military history on display
MFA director Peter C. Marzio gets a bonus of $1.7 million while front-line museum employees say they have trouble paying their rent
Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project
Jiggernaut hopes to crush all in its path to glory
Foreign students at the Glassell School of Art get a stipend, studio space and three years to make it really big. They've had a huge impact on Houston's art scene. But if the INS isn't impressed, they've got to go.
Dave Alvin's private loss inspires him to search for the eternal sounds
Smithsonian Folkways releases Broadside magazine's long-forgotten tracks
"Bubble Boy" David Vetter was hardly the happy, well-adjusted child portrayed in the media. Thirteen years after his death, his friend Mary Murphy is fighting to tell his story.
Rudy Ray Moore, the brotherman from another land, is still outta sight
Shows at Brasil and Ricesuggest that there are different ways to be naive
Palace makes new songs that sound like they've been around forever